E-NEWSLETTER: No Ban No Wall, Hate Free Zone update, and Educational Justice!

Check out what Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson has been working on in the New Year in our E-Newsletter below!

Upcoming Events

Hudson Valley: NO Ban NO Wall

Join the Muslim Student Organization of Bard College, the Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone, and others this Saturday to stand up against the recent Muslim Ban and executive orders attacking immigrants:

Saturday, February 4th
1:30-3pm
Dutchess County Courthouse, 10 Market St, Poughkeepsie

Lost In Detention

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is co-sponsoring the LGBTQ Committee for Racial Justice’s screening of Lost in Detention – about immigration, U.S. policy, for-profit detention centers, and the experiences of those facing deportation – on February 12th from 3-5pm at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston at 300 Wall St.

Forming the Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone 

On January 14th, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and Community Voices Heard held an assembly with over 200 people from six counties to form the Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone.

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The Hate Free Zone is being formed in response to an increasingly hostile climate for immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ people, women, and workers. The network will build a Hudson Valley that is hate free; a Hudson Valley where an attack on one vulnerable community is an attack on all vulnerable communities; a Hudson Valley where sanctuary policies that protect immigrants from deportation, access to driver’s licenses for all immigrants, investment in public education instead of mass incarceration, and other measures that choose solidarity over hate are realized.

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Over 200 people from six counties gathered for the Hudson Valley Free Zone assembly 

 

Individuals  – or institutions such as community organizations, houses of worship, or businesses – can pledge their support to the Hate Free Zone and get involved by visiting tiny.cc/hatefreepledge

Below is media coverage from the assembly:

Community Members Gather to Form Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone – WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Hate Free Zone Holds First Meeting – The Highlands Current

Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone Brings Community Members Together Under Common Goal – Time Warner Cable News

Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone Convenes in Beacon – Poughkeepsie Journal

Hudson Valley ‘Hate-Free-Zone’ Movement Forms in Beacon – Dutchess Daily Voice

Hudson Valley Residents Stand Up Against Hate – Hudson Valley Post

Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone – Hudson Valley News Network

Local Organizations Plan “Hate Free Zone” to Protect Vulnerable Communities – Hudson Valley One

Mid Hudson Declared Hate Free Zone – Mid-Hudson News

Fighting for Educational Justice

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson has been working closely with parents, students, and teachers who are fighting to close the PACE program in Poughkeepsie. The PACE (“Poughkeepsie Academic and Career Excellence”) program represents the worst of educational apartheid: separating out “problem” students into a decrepit building, without enough teachers, without grade-appropriate books, and with a growing law enforcement presence leading to increasing arrests of students.

As parents, students, and teachers have spoken out, we have helped them form Parents and Advocates Supporting Students (PASS). Parents and Advocates Supporting Students publicly launched on December 13th with a press conference outside the PACE building.

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Emelia Suddith, mother of a student at PACE, at the press conference speaking against the School District’s retaliation against those who have advocated for the closing of PACE.

 

 

Below is media coverage from the launch:

New Group Calls for Closure of Alternative School in Poughkeepsie – WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Parents Call for Closure of Poughkeepsie Alternative School – Mid-Hudson News

Parents Want Poughkeepsie Alternative School Closed – The Poughkeepsie Journal

Best,

Jonathan Bix

Executive Director

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